ThE GEMNADA BlSi3TITER
Volume 6 Number 25
For The Week Ending October 21st 1978
6th Year of Publication - 189th Issue
Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada. Weatindies
GAIRY ACCUSLS OPPOSITION OF MURDER /
In the course of his address (on.October 12th) to the 33rd Session
of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Prime Minister Eric
Gairy accused the Opposition New Jewel Movement (NJM) political
party of murder.
The accusation came as Mr Gairy was speaking on the subject of
'Human Rights' which he said was a 'two-way street'. He said
that 'terrorist and other disruptive groups' often carry out their
activities under the guise of Human Rights and very often mislead
the public, the media, commissions of inquiry and even well-meaning
Human Rights Bodies into believing that their causes are justified
and in the public interest.
He thought this a dangerous situation and said he would use Grenada
as "an example to show what small, disruptive, politically-ambitious
groups within a country can do, not only to undermine the stability
of the government, but also, and more importantly,,to bring.disoredit
to'the entire country and to frustrate the hopes and aspirations of
"There is a group in my country known as the New Jewel Movement", he
said, "a group with a strange and highly dangerous ideology, which
has deliberately embarked upon a propaganda campaign to smear
Grenada's good name and to interrupt the country's development."
Ir Gairy said NJM spread some "unbelievably vicious rumours" about
Grenada's connections with Chile. According to the Prime i~pdster,
the rumours were that Chileans were in Grenada "training our people
in methods of torture", and that Grenada policemen were in Chile
also being trained in these methods4 "You will be surprised to
know", Mr Gairy said, "how many people believed this."
The Prime Minister then gave what he called "one more example of
that phenomenon of wilful disruption of the New Jewel Movement".
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"That group", he said, "in an attempt to wrest political power
from a duly elected Government holding 1.2 out of 13 (sic) elected
seats in Parliament, with its authority deeply rooted in the
confidence of the people, actually attacked a Police Station
and attempted to take over control."
Mr Gairy said there was popular reactiqnto what he called "this
treachery", and there might have been "strong action" by the
people against NJM leaders, "were it not for the quick and
considerate action taken by the senior Inspector of Police,
"Despite this", Mr Gairy said, "the Jewel leaders were able to
get many people and organizations, including some Churches, some
tradeuniona and some Service Organisations, 22 such organizations
in all, to accept this deliberate propaganda that they were denied
their human rights and beaten up by the Police, especially one
This incident was investigated in 1973/74 by the Duffus. Commission
of Inquiry, and Mr Gairy said that the Commission's Report, "based
on the evidence of many misguided persons, blamed the Government,
condemned Mr Belmar, the Senior Police Officer, and recommended him
as being unfit to hold any public office."
"The Government was not satisfied with the findings about Mr Belmar",
Prime Minister Gairy said, "and put him up as a candidate for
elections. Mr Belmar won an overwhelming victory and was made
a Minister of Government. The Jewel members were not satisfied.
Belmar was assassinated the very day he was sworn in as Minister
Sources close to NJM told NhWbLTai'ER today (20th) that the
implications of Mr Gairy's statements are being studied.
Shortly after midnight on the night of 16th/17th October, Charles
Ferguson was executed at the Richmond Hill Prisons..
Ferguson was charged with the murder of Roy Donald in April 1974
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and, after being found guilty, was tried a second time when the
Appeal Court ordered a retrial. He was found guilty again and,
when the Appeal Court upheld the conviction, the case was taken to
the Privy Council.
Led by British barrister Mr Nigel Murray, Mr Lloyd Noel, Ferguson's
Counsel, appeared before the Privy Council on July 12th last.
Decision was reserved and, an October 5th, the Lords of the
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council advised that they would
"report to Her Majesty that the appeal should be dismissed."
The Privy Council Judgement states that the Defence placed five
points before them.
1. that manslaughter, as a possible alternative verdict,
should have been left to the jury.
2. that the direction upon the issue of identity was inadequate.
3. that the evidence of identification was unsafe.
4. that the Court of Appeal, when dealing with the submission
that the verdict was unsafe and unsatisfactory, adopted an
approach which was wrong in law, in that they asked
themselves not whether the verdict was unsafe and *
unsatisfactory, but whether there was evidence upon which
a reasonable jury could convict.
5. that the trial judge's direction as to the standard of
proof was incorrect in law.
Main argument of the Defence hinged on Section 41 (1) of the West
Indies Associated States Supreme Court (Grenada) Act 1971. This
Section states that the Court of Appeal should set aside the
verdict if it is."unsafe and unsatisfactory" or if it is found that
"the judgement of the Court before whom the Appellant was convicted
should be set aside on the ground of a wrong decision of any
question of law or that there was a material irregularity in the
course of the trial."
There is, however, a proviso to this Section which reads
"Provided that the Co.urt of Appeal may, notwithstanding that it
is of the opinion that the point raised in the appeal might be
decided in favour of the Appejant, dismiss the appeal if it
considers that no miscarriage of justice has actually occurred "
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The Privy Council did not accept the point that manale.ughter, as
a possible verdict, should have been left to the jury. "'he
circumstances of the shooting were such", they said, "that, if the
jury were satisfied by the evidence of identity, the only proper
verdict was one of murder."
It was found that there had been "misdirection as to the intent
necessary to establish the crime of murder." It was found also,
however, that this misdirection had not resulted in any miscarriage
of justice and that the Court of Appeal had .the right to apply the
proviso (quoted on page 3) and set aside Ferguson's appeal.
There remained the question of identity of the killer and, on this,
the Privy Council Judgement says :-
"The application of the proviso is justified only if the
Court considers "that no miscarriage of justice has actually
occurred One is, therefore, driven back to a consideration
of the trial and the summing up. The criticisms that
manslaughter should have been left to the jury and that the
judge erred in his direction .... having been rejected, the
fundamental issue arises: was it safe to convict upon the
identification evidence ? If there-had been any reasonable
doubt as to the identity of the killer, their Lordships
could not say that no miscarriage of justice had actually
Though the judge did not direct the jury in the terms now
approved in Regina v Turnbull (supra), he left the jury in
no doubt as to the state of the evidence and their duty.
There was only one witness who recognized the Appellant as
the killer Louise Donald. He reminded them of this
fact and of the facts which might lead the jury to doubt
the reality of her identification, and concluded
'If you believe Louise Donald, after considering
Dr Gibbs' evidence, and disbelieve the accused
and his witness, you must convict."
In their Lordship's view, there is nothing in the way in
which the judge dealt with the issue of identity to suggest
that the jury were not fully alert to the difficulties in
this part of the Crown's case.
But that is not the end of the matter. Before the proviso
is applied, the Court (in this exceptional case, the Board)
must consider that no miscarriage of justice has actually
occurred. It is necessary, therefore, to examine Louise
Donald's evidence with care. First, her evidence was
uncorroborated by either her sister, Linette Rock, or Angela
Drakes. Secondly, according to her evidence, she told no
one on the night of the killing that she had recognized the
killer. Thirdly, Dr Gibbs, who conducted the post mortem,
swore an affidavit in May 1975 (i.e. after the first trial
and shortly after the first appeal) in which he said that
about 10.30 pm on the 6th April 1974 he was at the hospital
when he heard Louise Donald, in answer to the question
repeatedly put to her as to whether she knew who shot her
husband, as repeatedly respond
"All I know is that it was a tall man, fair complexion,
wearing a coat, and a hat drawn over his face."
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When questioned at the second trial, Dr Gibbs said he did
not hear Mrs Dpnald speak these words. He said it had
occurred to him that he might have been confusing her with
her sister who was also at the hospital that night.
Louise Donald, under cross-examination, said she saw Dr Gibbs
that night but did not recall that she told anyone that night
that it was the accused who shot her husband pr that anyone
asked her if she recognized the person who shot her husband.
Clearly, the jury must have accepted Dr Gibbs' explanation
of his affidavit. The question, therefore, is as to the
inherent strength of Louise Donald's identification. She
must also have been accepted as truthful. But, was she
reliable or was there the possibility that she was mistaken ?
She conversed with the killer: he was close enough to take
her bag from her: he pushed a gun at her. She recognized
him as a man she had known for some five or six years. She
described his dress (including, significantly, not a hat but
Their Lordships have considered all the evidence as to
identification. It was summed up fully and fairly: the
evidence of Dr Gibbs was put to the jury in its correct
context i.e. as capable of throwing doubt upon Louise
Donald's reliability. The whole emphasis of the summing-
up as to the facts was as favourable to the accused as it
could be. Their Lordships are in no doubt that the
jury reached a true verdict. No miscarriage of justice
has occurred at the end of this protracted and unhappy case,
involving as it has done, two trials, two appeals and
requiring a most exceptional feature their Lordships'
Board to consider whether or not to apply the proviso.
Accordingly, their Lordships will report to Her Majesty that
the appeal should be dismissed."
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (20th) Pergusbn's
Counsel, Mr Lloyd Noel said he was distressed over the outcome of
the case and was convinced there had been a miscarriage of justice.
He felt that the political overtones of the case could not be
overlooked and he thought that Grenada's 'Ferguson case' could well
parallel Britain's famous 'Hanratty case'.
"James Hanratty was convicted of murder and executed in Britain
in 1962", Mr Noel said, "and,two years after, the real killer came
forward and confessed." Mr Noel said Hanratty's conviction had
been based on identity as was the case with Ferguson, and the matter
has been so embarrassing to the British Government that, since
that time, there have been no more executions in Britain.
"The circumstances of the identification of Ferguson as the killer
were such as to make the verdict most unsafe and unsatisfactory",
Mtr Noel said, "and it will be poor compensation for Perguson's
relatives when, if the truth ever comes to light, that as the
British did with Hanratty they are allowed to take his body from
a murderer's grave and inter it elsewhere." (1.379 words)
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21 .10.78
Page 6 OVER ECJi MILLION DUE TO G
Over one million dollars (EC) is owed to the Grenada electricity
Services Ltd (GES) for electricity. A notice now appearing in
the local press discloses this and states that the Company is
forced to intensify its collection programme.
A Commission of Inquiry, appointed last'year to probe the working
of GES, heard from the Manager of the Company that, up to the end
of April 1i976, the Government of Grenada owed 1. years' arrears
of electricity amounting to EC$387,635.00.
NEWSLETTER is reliably advised that a large percentage of the
debt now outstanding due to GES is owed by Government.
Government House is given as an example. At-the end of June
this year, EC#7,894.50 was due to GES for electricity supplied to
the Governor General's residence. Of that amount, EL$7,506.96
GES is a joint venture of the Government of Grenada and the
Commonwealth Development Corporation.
More money is being spent in Grenada now than was spent twelve
months ago and this is indicative of an improving economy. It
is difficult to tell, however, how much of this increase is
indicative of real growth and how much is the result of inflation.
This opinion was expressed to NEWSLETTER recently by several
knowlegable persons in the supermarket business, building trade,
banking, real estate, pharmaceutical trade and dry goods business.
The comment came in a series of interviews conducted this month
to ascertain the trend of the economy and, in the absence of any
published official statistics, it may be taken as fair indication
of the situation.
All sectors of the economy are not performing uniformly, however,
and special circumstances are affecting some areas. One such
area is the house rental business which, within the last two
years, has experienced a marked increase. Thia increase is
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limited to the Parish of St.George and is connected directly to
operations of the St.Georges, University School of Medicine.
The School is located at True Blue in the Parish of StGeorge and
now has an enrollment of over 600. The need for accommodation has
forced house-rents up and several people, not previously offering
accomodation, are now in the business to take advantage of the
It is estimated that these new landlords receive from 25% to 75%
more than they would have, had they been in the business before.
Most people who were in the house-rental business before, are
limited by contracts and, in their cases, it is estimated that the
increase they are now enjoying is from 10% to 15%. Overall,
house-rents in the Parish of St.George are thought to be up an
average of about. 400.
The presence of the School is also affecting supermarkets and
retail outlets in the southern section of the Parish of St.George.
The impact of the students' buying is not felt to any extent in
St.Georges town, but, in the proximity of the School, food aales
are reported to be excellent.
One other area in which the School of Medicine is thought to be
having an effect is in the sale of motor vehicles. It is,
reported that, generally, the School's students do not buy new cars
but, the demand they have created for second hand cars has inflated
prices in that market, thus encouraging owners to sell and replace.
Motor vehicle sales are reported to be up, numerically, by
approximately 50% over 1977, and student purchases are thought to
have influenced from 5% to 10/o of this.
The dry goods sector is another in which special factors are having
effect. Generally, merchants are not satisfied with sales this
year and the current month (October) is considered especially bad.
Over the last 1.8 to 24 months, however, several small dry goods
stores have opened and competition is much greater now. There
can be no certainty without statistics, but it is a reasonable
assumption that the apparent dullness in this sector is a result
of the fact that the 'cake' is being divided among more mouthha..
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A sub-division of the dry-goods trade is the shoe-trnde, and this
does not follow the overall dull pattern for dry-goods. Considered
on the basis of sales of pairs of shoes, sales in 1978 are 2% to 4%
above that of 11977. Considered on a monetary basis., the increase
is 355 "to 50o.
The deviation of the shoe trade from the'overall dry-goods pattern
is explicable by the fact that there are fewer outlets for shoes
than there are for general dry-goods, and the competition is
therefore less. What has not been explained is the apparent
trend towards the purchase of more expensive footwear.
In all sectors of the economy, there was a slump in 1974 following
the civil unrest and the looting of St.Georges by the State-paid
"Police Aids". Many concerns were forced out of business at
that time and, for those surviving the crisis, there was a very
slow up-turn in 1975. Statistics are not available covering the
Business Community, but the published prospectus of a local firm,
Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd, is indicative of the general situation.
Hubbards had sales of EC09.4 million in 1973 and this figure fell
to EC$7.6 million in 1974, the year of unrest. In 1975, sales
at ECt8.4 were still below the 1973 figure and it was not until
1976 that the position was recovered with sales of EC#1I0.2 million.
In the real estate business, the position with sales of houses is
almost the same. From a very low level in 1974, there was a
slight increase in 1.975 and a leveling off in 1976. Over the
last year, there has been another upward movement and a marked
increase both in the number of houses, sold and the prices they are
fetching. Resident foreigners are among the purchasers but it
is reported that a considerable number of purchases are made by
Grenadians resident abroad who see a house as an investment pending
their return home.
There has been less activity in the sale of land over the period
1974 to 1977, but more interest has been noted in the last 12
months. An interesting feature of land sales, reported to
NEWSLETTER, is that, over the last four years., even in development
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areas, the price per square foot has remained almost static.
The building trade is said to be 'reasonably good', but is
hampered by slow deliveries by suppliers abroad. After the low
of 1974, there was a marked improvement late in 1976 and both last
year and this have shown increasing cash turn-overs. Especially
in this sector is it difficult to estimate whether there has been
any real growth. Operators report that inflation is considerable
and, while cash turn-over and profits are up, there may be little
increase in trade, quantitatively.
It is reported that building business is coming from both resident
foreigners and Grenadians, some of the latter being resident abroad.
It is reported also that, during the past two years, a new source
of finance for building has become available. In the past,
while they have financed some building operations, Insurance
Companies have not sought this type of business. NEWSLETTLER
is advised that these Companies are now canvassing this business
and will accept mortgages on 15 to 20 year terms.
In the pharmacy trade patent medicines, prescriptions etc a
reliable estimate of the increase in 1978 over 1977 is given as
40%. In .assessing real growth in this sector, however, in
addition to inflation, another factor must be considered. It is
reported that exorbitant mark-ups are increasing costs to the
public and sales may reflect a false picture of growth.
Whatever the effects of inflation on the real growth of the
economy, there is more money in circulation in 1978 that there was
in 1977 and NEWSL.TTER has attempted to discover the sources of
Government is putting some money into circulation with limited
construction work and road repairs but it does not appear
sufficient to account for the increase. Also, through house
rentals, wages and purchases, the students of the St.Georges
University School of Medicine are providing a boost. This, also,
is not thought to be sufficient.
Grenada has three main export crops, Cocoa, Nutmegs and Bananas, and
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while the performance of the first two is not known, according to
NEWSLETIER's records, the weight of exports of bananas to 30th
September was up 7% over the weight at the sane date last year,
and the monetary value was up nearly 23Yo. Total earned for the
banana crop produced during the first three quarters of this year
was over EC07 million, of which slightly less than half will have
been paid out to growers.
The tourist industry also has shown a considerable increase.
atay-over visitors during the first half of 1978 were up by 16%
over the same period last year. Cruise liner visitors.provide
less revenue than stay-over visitors, but it must be recorded that
cruise liners brought over 21% more passengers to the atate in the
1978 January to August period than they did during the same
period in 1977.
Banking circles advise that another source sustaining the economy
is remittances made to the island by Grenadians resident abroad.
NEWSLTTTER is advised that, during the past two years, these
remittances have increased considerably.
Statistics, when available, will produce a clearer picture of
Grenada's economy but, for the moment and judging by the increased
circulation of money, the island appears to be holding its own
against the inflation which is being imported in every sector.
The opinion has been expressed, however, that, with adverse
balance of payments to contend with, the race to keep ahead of
increasing prices may reach a critical stage during the next 24
It is anticipated that, over the next 12 to 18 months, Government
will receive loans which, when expended on public Works, will
improve the situation as far as local purchasing power is
concerned. It is felt, however, that such expenditure must be
regarded merely as a atop-gap and, unless efforts are made to
stimulate production, there are prospects of a serious economic
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WEST INDIA COiJilTTEE GRENADA GROUP TO BE FORMED
Following the visit to Grenada on Wednesday (18th) of Mr R F Burman,
Deputy Chairman of the London based West India Committees a Grenada
group of West India Committee members is to be formed.
This was disclosed to BEWSLETTER today (20th) in an exclusive
interview with Sir Dennis Henry, Member of the Committee's
Executive resident in Grenada. "A suggestion has been made
that we form a Grenada Group", Sir Dennis said, "and I intend to
follow this up. Mr Burman's visit has renewed interest in the
Committee and, if we can have our meetings., discuss matters and
make representations. to London from time to time, this, interest is
certain to be maintained."
There are some 40 members of the Committee in Grenada and, during
his one-day stay, Mr Burman held a meeting which most attended.
Addressing this meeting, the Deputy Chairman explained the
functions and role of the Committee. He said the emphasis is
on trade and the Committee's work is complementary to any work done
by Westindian Governments themselves or through their High
Commissions in London.
Illustrating this point, Mr Burman said the Government of Barbados
is mounting a trade mission to Britain in November. The Barbados
High Commission in London is making arrangements for this mission,
but Mr Burman had to ensure that he is back in Britain in time
because the Committee is assisting in every way it con to make the
mission a success.
Sir Dennis told NLWSLETTEr he had found a refreshingly warm
interest in Mr Burman's visit. "Members, quite rightly, had
begun to doubt whether there was any point in belonging to the
Committee", Sir Dennis: said,"but there is now renewed interest
and a better understanding of the services the Committee provides
to promote two-way trade between Britain and our region."
CHA MAKES PLANS TO PENETRATE EUROPEAN MARKE ~
The Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) is making plans to penetrate
the European market, and these plans include the organizing of
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a Caribbeen Travel Trade Exposition during 1979.
This. was disclosed by Mr John Bell, Executive Direotor of CHA,
when he addressed the Annual General Meeting of the Grenada Hotel
Association on Monday (16th). Mr Bell thought the 1978/79
Winter Season promised to be a good one for the Caribbean but, in
the context of the potential of the European market, he stressed
the importance to Grenada of developing Summer business also.
In the course of his address to the meeting, outgoing President
Royston Hopkin said that, for the past six weeks;, the Grenada
Hotel associationn (GHA) had had the services of Mr Gordon Armstrong
of Canadian Executive Services Overseas. Mr Armstrong, a
graduate of McMaster University and the University of Toronto,
has spent the last 20 years helping to establish technical and
vocational education in Canada, he said.
"Mr Armstrong has a genuine interest in helping upgrade all areas
of the hospitality industry in Grenada", Mr Hopkin said, "and he
hopes to establish a twinning relationship between Grenada and
George Brown college, whereby Grenada can have the benefit of
qualified instructors in the hospitality field from time to time."
Voicing an off repeated complaint, Mr Hcpkin said the major
handicap to Grenada's Tourist Industry is still what he called
inadequate air transportation. "As demonstrated", he said,
LIAT was not able to handle Grenada's demands for about six months
of the year, and we sincerely hope that, with the increase in
their fleet for the coming Season, we-will see a marked
improvement in their service." Mr Hopkin said Air Martinique
now has a service into Grenada and is being slowly realized as
an alternative carrier into Grenada.
Summarising the position of the Tourist Industry in Grenada,
Mr Hopkin said that it was particularly favourable from a currency
earning point of view. He said that gross earnings in 1977
were estimated at EC$33 million, 70%/ of which remained in the
island. Factors which account for the "economically favourable
tourism development", he said, include the long average stay of
the tourist (14 days) and the significant local onership of
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Also among factors, listed by him are Grenada's special mix of
tourism which consists of stay-over visitors oriented to hotels. and
cottages, resort tourism, cruise tourism and yacht tourism, all of
which, he said, together have generated a relatively large number
of supporting activities.
"It is interesting to note", Mr Hopkin said, "that the development
of tourism has been linked with development in the other industries,
particularly agriculture and fishing, where local production has
increased to the point where the more developed hotels and
restaurants are being steadily supplied with local vegetables,
fruit and fish."
Electing officers for the new term, GHA returned Mr Hopkin to the
post of president. Mr Desmond Campbell was elected 1st Vice-
president and Mr Godfrey Ventour, 2nd Vice-President. Other
members elected to serve on the Executive Board are Mr Maurice
Ribordy, Mr Arnold Hopkin, Mr Joseph Gaylord and Mr Geoffrey
Thompson. Mr Charles deGale continues to serve on the Board as
Immediate Past President.
WINTER CRUISE SEASON OPENS /
Grenada's Winter Cruise Season opened on October 3rd with the eall
of the "Cunard Countess." and, according to a list put out by the
Grenada Tourist Board, there will be 170 cruise liner calls at the
island between now and the close of the Season on May 31st 1979.
'his number of calls exceeds the actual figure for the 1977/78
Season, but is less than the number of calls originally announced.
In October 1977, the Tourist Board stated that 185 cruise liner
calls would take place in the 1977/78 Season, but only 145
materialised. The Exhcutive Secretary of the Tourist Board,
Irsa Gertrude Protain, told NEWSLETTER today (20th) that this fall
off in calls was due to the fact that some boats, originally
scheduled to make several calls, were taken off the run to the
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Mis Protain said also that Grenada offers an added attraction to
cruise liner passengers this year. "On October 24th" she said,
the new handicrafts centre adjacent to the pier in St.Georges will
be opened and this will make for interesting, convenient shopping
for our visitors." She said a section of the centre has been
provided for a workshop where visitors will see item being produced
from local materials.
While she welcomed the opening of the.Winter Cruise Season and the
resultant increase in cruise liner calls, iirs Protain had a word of
appreciation for the boats which call in the "off" Season. "We
are particularly grateful to the "Cunard Countess" and "Angelina
Lauro" who are with us year round", she said, "and have a special
place of affection in our hearts."
Am&ng the liners scheduled to visit this Season is. the "Queen
Elizabeth II". She will call on December 28th and January 10th.
COSUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending october 1i4th, there were three cruise liner
calls. The "Angelina Lauro" and "World Renaissance" both called
on 11th but details of their passenger complement are not yet
available. "Cunard Countess" called on October 10th with 712
NHiWLETTER for week ending September 16th reported the visit of
"Angelina Lauro" but information on her passenger list was not then
available. It has now been advised that she carried 697 passengers.
NEWSLETTER apologises for an error in the issue for the week ending
September '9th in which "Angelina Lauro" is reported as having visited
on"September 30th". This should have read "August 50th".
Because of this error, a further error was created in NEWSLhTTER
for the week ending September 16th. In the statistics for cruise
liner calls, (page 14), calls for August 1978 should be amended to
read 13, and passengers that month, 1.0,493.
Total cruise liner passengers arriving at Grenada at the end of
September 1978 were 94,787. This was 1.7,898 or 23% more than
the 1977 figure of jL88 at the same date. Over the January
to September pe d in 1978, there were 143 cruise liner calls as
compared wi 1.36 in 1977 over the same period.
No bananas were shipped from Grenada this week. A Geest Industries
spokesman said this was because the Company's ships are not sufficient
to take all the bananas from the Windward islands. "We have to
either give each island a. quota or leave an island out one weak as
was done with Grenada this week", he said. W
Bananas are sometimes left back under this scheme and become a loss
to the producer, NEVWaLDTTDER was told, but this less is. less than
that which would be suffered in the price cut which must be made
when the high cost of a char 9 jfg-faced.
20th October 1978